Four-letter words doom talker
Bleeps or no bleeps, the smattering of salty language heard on Roseanne’s new talker was too much for its affiliate station in Paducah, Ky., which has yanked the show off the air after just two days.
NBC affil WPSD Paducah confirmed that it has pulled “The Roseanne Show, which bowed Sept. 14, but general manager Richard Paxton would not elaborate.
Sources indicated that the issue was the infrequent use of four-letter words by Roseanne and her guests, all of which were bleeped out for the broadcasts. WPSD had been airing the King World Prods. talker at 9 a.m.
King World execs said they were perplexed by the station’s move, considering the tone of the overall show. “Roseanne” has drawn mostly glowing reviews this week from TV critics, including those opining for USA Today and the New York Times.
“This is a helluva TV show,” said KW chairman Roger King, stressing that the distrib has a 52-week contract with WPSD. “When we sign a contract with a station, it not just for some kind of test.”